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Title:Sovereignty and Democratic Exclusion in the New South Africa
Author:Buur, LarsISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political systems
popular participation
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240500329205
Abstract:The author outlines the contours of the attempt by South Africa's ANC government to reorder State-civil society relations. He does so by delineating the form of civil society participation that the government has promulgated in the field of justice enforcement in order to 'tame' or direct the uncontrolled aspects and forces of self-organization emanating from the struggle against apartheid known as 'people's power'. The author argues that the establishment of institutions like the Community Policing Forums (CPF), which were created to harbour and give direction to these forces, rests on and allows for a particular type of democratic citizenship or normative ethical being, while excluding other types of political-ethical being. He illustrates how past ideas about friends and enemies of the ANC are used as the interpretive lens to decode opposition to the CPF. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]